Top banter Monica… Perhaps, Friends™ fatigue has set in, or I’ve got back to work blues, but that’s hardly going down as the best line in a sitcom ever is it?
“The One With the Friends™ Party”
Despite my failure at my last party, I’ve powered through and had a rollicking good New Years Eve party. (Rollicking? Really?! *shrug* OK…)
The Friends™ are gearing up for a party too, for Christmas, as Phoebe searches for her father and Rachel is still angry at Ross. Oh boy, I hope this plot point doesn’t drag on…
There are a couple of upsides though. Mainly:
GUNTHER FINALLY HAS A NAME!! Praise the Friends™ Gods… I’ve been waiting over a year for this!!!
Phoebe, Joey and Chandler hitting the road to find her father when she discovers, he is not, in fact, the model in all the pictures that Grandmother gave her. And without even a mention of them missing the party! I am reminded of Chandler Number 2 and Joey Number 1s propensity to disappear with little warning. Last I heard they were swan-ing around Iceland.
I believe I’ve mentioned previously both my Real Live Friends and the Friends™ lack of driving expertise? (Due to city living). I think this is the first time we’ve actually seen one of the Friends™ drive! A shocking number of my mates have only just done their driving tests.
Mr Treeger is also back, as he awkwardly hits on Rachel at their party. A little weird for a landlord to hit on a tenant... but if you can’t hit on someone awkwardly at Christmas when can you? I can’t imagine my landlord hitting on me (awkward Facebook™ friend requests aside) but he does have an irritating tendency to turn up unannounced. This was a particular problem over Christmas as my partner and I spent a lot of it in our pyjamas.
Speaking of being scantily clad, a broken radiator results in Monica and Rachels flat getting overheated, just in time for the party. Lucky bastards. I’m having to wear long johns at work! Though I’ll give you a tip: wear them all day at work (for all the frisson of secretly wearing tights with none of the danger), then take them off in the evening and go to the pub, and it’s like you’re going commando!
I was too hot, too, at our New Years Party. We dressed up as classic Friends™ moments, and I foolishly went for the time Joey wears all of Chandlers clothes. My partner really lived up to the theme though. After deciding on Phoebe, in the episode where they all wear wedding dresses, she and her friend had to re-enact the whole scene of pretending they were getting married just to get a hold of one!
I find it a little weird for the Friends™ to spend the whole of Christmas Eve and Day together. Not that I don’t love my own Real Live Friends, but Christmas has always been a time of family for us. Due to the mass exodus from London to see family (or go to Iceland) I’ve barely seen anyone over the holidays. Hopefully this will be remedied soon!
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
Although I spent a fair amount of the holidays seeing family, Phoebe isn’t the only one with an absentee father now. My father hasn’t run off; he’s just gone to Australia to see the rest of his family. I hope he has a nice time! But it did give me the opportunity to steal his beard trimmers and remove my lame attempt at a holiday beard.
For, what I can only assume are sentimental reasons, my dad’s had the same set of trimmers for rather a long time. Unfortunately this resulted in part of them falling off and making its way down the drain. What else could I do, but dive into the mire to rescue my fathers prized facial heirloom?
Heh heh heh, he’ll never suspect a thing…